We are pleased to announce that Driftless Provisions is the recipient of the 2020 VFC Microloan of $2,855.
Driftless Provisions is an artisan dry-cured salami business owned and operated by Ryan Wagner and Justin VerMeer in Viroqua, Wisconsin. As with many startup food businesses, Driftless Provisions has gone through a variety of growing pains. They currently have their salamis made by a private label brand in the midwest using sustainably raised pork. In the future, they are striving to open their own production facilities in the Driftless region as soon as they are able. In the meantime, they are focusing on growing their business through story-telling until they can secure the capital to take the next step with their business.
With this loan Driftless Provisions is purchasing a label printer, which will reduce the cost and headache of making labels for each batch. Additionally, they are purchasing photography equipment to help them continue to tell the story of their salami on their website and social media.
VFC is excited to support this growing local food business and we invite you to support them as well by picking up a Driftless Provisions salami next time you are in the meat department. We currently offer Driftless Provisions salami in six different flavors.
The VFC Micro-lending Initiative aims to strengthen small, local farms and businesses that are part of our local food system and create opportunities to improve their operations by offering one-year interest-free loans of up to $3,500 to local food businesses.